Pro Bono

When It Comes to Pro Bono, Pepper Walks the Walk

, The Legal Intelligencer


On Memorial Day weekend, Sarah Murnaghan was dying in a bed in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia awaiting a lung transplant. Her parents, Fran and Janet Murnaghan, had just begun a public campaign to overturn lung transplant rules that prevented children under the age of 12 from being placed on the adult transplant list. With time running short, her aunt, Sharon Ruddock, worked with family friends in a desperate search for help. They turned to the Philadelphia legal community.

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  • Tina Clooney

    My understanding is that OPTN did not change their policy, but rather made a temporary one year period to review the rule, and without further evidence that the rule should be changed, the rule reverts back on 6/30/14. Furthermore, in looking around the Internet, it seems Sarah Murnaghan is now bed bound and unable to continue physical therapy because she has a crumbling spine and two broken feet. It seems she is also hooked to a ventilator and unable to breathe without it. To date, Sarah is only one of 6 children who were placed on the adult list: 3 received lungs from child donors, two are still waiting for lungs and Sarah is the only one who received adult lungs, the first of which failed immediately from primary graft failure (as you mentioned). What a sad outcome for this poor child.

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